Hi, I need to do a paper on any Lord-Peter-Wesley Novel by D. Sayers. Which is the best and why?
This is in response to Betina Berkefeld, and no doubt she has chosen a topic by now, and which is best is of course a matter of taste, but I would like to propose Gaudy Night, which I did not appreciate when I read it originally, but which now seems a very profound little piece of self-examining philosophy to me.
It deals with the nature of real union between two people, whether women can retain personal integrity in a marriage, and the sanctity of the "university" in its pursuit of Knowledge without the taint of "what's in it for me". It is an absolutely AWESOME book!
Re: Thrones, Donmination. I found this review online. Thought this might give some of you some info.
Library Journal; New York; Sep 1, 1999; Barbara Rhodes;
Start Page: 252-254
Subject Terms: Audio recordings
"Thrones, Dominations" by Dorothy L. Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh and read by Ian Carmichael is reviewed.
Copyright Cahners Magazine Division of Reed Publishing USA Sep 1, 1999
Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh 8 cassettes. unabridged. 10 hrs. Chivers Audiobks. 1998. ISBN 0-7540-0203-9. $69.95. F
Sayers gave up mystery writing and her suave upper-class hero, Lord Peter Wimsey, after the publication of Busman's Honeymoon in 1937. She started on a 13th mystery, Thrones, Dominations, but abandoned the effort sometime between 1936 and 1938. Walsh was brave enough to take on the challenge of completing the manuscript. The resulting novel has a somewhat patchy plot, and the characters will not always ring true to fans of Sayers's earlier works. The story opens in 1936, with Edward VII flirting with Wallis Simpson and Wimsey embarking on the risky sea of matrimony at the advanced age of 45 with brainy, independent Harriet Vane. Establishing a conjugal household after so long as independent operators has both Harriet and Peter understandably tense. The last thing they need right now is a murder to investigate. That, of course, is exactly what they get: the beautiful and spoiled wife of an aristocratic theater angel has been murdered. The grief-stricken husband has an excellent alibi, but other suspects are both numerous and colorful: a lovelorn playwright, a philandering French artist, and two ex-convicts who are trying for a spot of blackmail. Actor Ian Carmichael's reading is easy and fluid, his light tenor voice providing just the right nuances. He has great fun with many of the secondary characters, making Lord Peter's snobbish sister-in-law so obnoxious that you wonder why she hasn't been murdered. The major problem with the reading arises during long passages of dialog between two characters, as when Peter and Harriet discuss matrimony, human psychology, or murder. Carmichael does not give either voice in these conversations enough tone or differentiation to make the characters distinct from one another. Therefore, it takes a lot of concentration on the part of the listener to tell characters apart. The twists and turns in the story will reward those who put in the effort, however, and most fans of Lord Peter or Golden Age mysteries will enjoy the trip down memory lane. Recommended for medium-sized or larger public library collections where mysteries are popular.-Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland
I liked Thrones Dominations pretty well, despite some glimpses at its works whilst reading it. It retains enough of the flavor of Sayers to have been a welcome find. J
I have read some of her books. They were great!
hi my name is Jorge i want to know more about the woman writer on mystery
In regard to "Thrones, Dominations," there appear to be two story lines running through the book: 1) the mystery and 2) personal life of the Wimseys. I found myself becoming impatient with the verbage, wanting to get to the mystery. The personal seems extranious to the purpose of the book.
Hi there, I am in a detective fiction course right now and am enjoying it very much. However, I now have to write a report comparing and contrasting two of the books I have most recently read. They are: Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers and Murder on Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The object of my report is to find the "How? Why? Who?" of each of these novels and then build an argument about how each author chooses to answer these questions. I haven't had much trouble finding the who, why, and how, but I need some ideas to help my paper become more informed. Please, if you have any suggestions or comments to make about these two books I would greatly appreciate it.
Where can I find a revue of Nine Tailors?